Welcome Kent!
I'm an Ilford-ite, too...I know what you mean about the site...When I go there, I keep hearing strains of "requiem for the dead" ... not that it is, but everyone is just a little apprehensive over there. I did find an interesting article in the Technical Papers over there about developing Ilford films as slides!!! Hm...I must have missed that before, unless it's kind of new!
This place, however, is alive & kicking! you'll feel like it's home here!